By Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Saba Mahmood

In a remarkably brief time period, the conclusion of non secular freedom has accomplished large consensus as an critical situation for peace. confronted with common stories of spiritual persecution, private and non-private actors world wide have answered with legislation and guidelines designed to advertise freedom of faith. yet what accurately is being promoted? What are the cultural and epistemological assumptions underlying this reaction, and what kinds of politics are enabled within the process?
The culmination of the three-year Politics of non secular Freedom learn venture, the contributions to this quantity unsettle the assumption—ubiquitous in coverage circles—that spiritual freedom is a novel success, an simply understood situation, and that the matter lies in its incomplete accomplishment. Taking an international standpoint, the greater than dozen participants delineate the various conceptions of spiritual freedom essential on the earth this day, in addition to their histories and social and political contexts. jointly, the contributions clarify that the explanations for persecution are extra diverse and intricate than is largely said, and that the indiscriminate advertising of a unmarried criminal and cultural instrument intended to handle clash throughout a large choice of cultures may have the perverse influence of exacerbating the issues that plague the groups brought up as falling short.

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